Happy New Year to everyone! Now that the calendar has officially turned the corner, let the 2007 season begin!!

As is normal at this time of year, there are tons of rumors flying around as well as some actual verifiable facts.

Late Model licenses continue to pour in to the Waterbury office, especially from north of the boarder. With ACT's expansion into Quebec for the 12-race ACT Série Québec many familiar names will appear on the 2007 driver roster as well quite a few who are new.

Additionally, the 14-race ACT Tour and its six ACTion super Series events has peaked the interest of drivers across the Northeast (as well as Quebec). The Late Model rules packages at Oxford, White Mountain, Seekonk, and Lee USA in the U.S. as well as those across Quebec and at Capital City Speedway (Ottawa) and Kawartha Speedway (Frasierville) in Ontario will enable competitors on both sides of the border to put together a race package that fits their needs without making tons of costly changes to their car.

Among the drivers who've recently filed a driver license with ACT include
Francois Adam (St-Pie, Qc), Karl Allard (St-Felicien, Qc), Brooks Clark (Fayston, VT), Andre Coursol (St Jerome, Qc), Jonathan Desbienis (Levis, Qc), Stephane Durand (Quebec, Qc), Chip Grenier (Northfield, VT), Normand Lavigueur (Laval, Qc), Stephane Lecours (Lan Ethcemin, Qc), Eric Lehoux (Ste-Marie Beauce, Qc), Randy Potter (Groveton, NH), Oren Remick (Warner, NH), Kevin Roberge (Levis, Qc), Simon Roussin (Quebec, Qc), Ben Rowe (Turner, ME), Donald Theetge (Boischatel, Qc), and Owen Wimble (Waitsfield, VT).

Grenier and Clark, a pair of young guns, both dabbled in Thunder Road's Late Model division toward the end of last season.

Theetge is the defending Série Québec champion.

Second generation Tour competitor and veteran racer, Brent Dragon of Milton, VT participated in a VT Frost Heaves basketball game on New Year's Eve day. The 40 year-old, who last saw time on a basketball court while in high school, was the event's Northfield Savings Bank 110% Community All-Star. As part of an intermission promotion, Dragon shot baskets for charity, earning $75. He also reported that Tony Andrews as joined his team as a crew member.

Rumors continue fly as everyone wonders who will assume the driver's seat in the potent Dave Storey owned ACT Late Model. Dave Pembroke, who had the ride for the past two years, as opted to concentrate on his weekly efforts at Thunder Road in hopes of a first Late Model "King of the Road" title.

Six ACT Late Model drivers were invited to display their cars at the Associated General Contractor's (AGC) annual holiday party at the Sheraton in Burlington, VT to illustrate their theme of "Racing into 2007". On display were the machines of Joey Becker, Craig Bushey, Jamie Fisher, Mark Lamberton, Phil Scott and Dave Wilcox.

Wilcox's car will also be on display at this weekend's 19th annual Northeast Motorsports Expo at the Augusta (ME) Civic Center. The show is slated for Friday, Jan 5 (5 -10 pm), Sat, Jan 6 (10 am -10 pm), Sun, Jan 7 (10 am - 3 pm). For more info

Be sure to mark your calendar for the other motorsports shows in the next few months that you might consider attending.

Racin' Preview - Portland (ME) Civic Center
Fri, Feb 23 (4 - 10 pm), Sat, Feb 24 (9 am - 9 pm)

Speedway Expo - Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, MA
Better Living Center and Stroh Building
Fri, Mar 2 (2 - 9 pm), Sat, Mar 3 (10 am - 9 pm), Sun, Mar 4 (11 am - 5 pm)
(Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated Magazine is resurrecting the annual early March show at the Big E - more info go to

The annual ACT and Thunder Road Car Show at the University Mall, S. Burlington, VT is slated for March 17-18.